EFL Cup - First Round South
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Northampton Town 3-0 Cardiff City: Cobblers beat Bluebirds in cup upset

Harry Smith penalty
Harry Smith's penalty against Cardiff City was his first goal in the Carabao Cup since he scored against Walsall in August 2018

League One newcomers Northampton Town are through to the second round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 win over Championship side Cardiff City.

Cardiff debutant Jordi Osei-Tutu brought down Joseph Mills inside the area after 33 minutes and Harry Smith made no mistake from the penalty to put the Cobblers ahead.

Robert Glatzel struck the Northampton bar as Cardiff looked for an immediate response, but they were almost two goals behind when Ryan Watson forced a smart save from Alex Smithies at the other end.

Shortly after half-time though the hosts had their second goal as Mathew Warburton beat the offside trap and lifted the ball over Smithies at the near post from a tight angle to put the hosts 2-0 up.

The result was put beyond doubt on the hour mark at Sixfields as Watson got the better of Smithies from outside the area to send Northampton into the second round for the first time in four seasons.

It marked a perfect start to the campaign for Keith Curle's side, picking up where they left off last season when they beat Exeter City 4-0 in the League Two play-off final.

For Cardiff it is a second first-round exit in the Carabao Cup in five seasons.

The Bluebirds were without summer signing Kieffer Moore, who scored Wales' winning goal against Finland in the Nations League on Thursday, but had a number of first-team players in action.

Neil Harris' side begin their Championship campaign at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, 12 September.



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Arnold
  • 15Racic
  • 5Bolger
  • 6HorsfallBooked at 46mins
  • 2Harriman
  • 8WatsonBooked at 57mins
  • 27Missilou
  • 23Mills
  • 11KorboaBooked at 23minsSubstituted forMarshallat 90+1'minutes
  • 20WarburtonBooked at 60minsSubstituted forRobertsat 71'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forLinesat 89'minutes


  • 3Martin
  • 13Mitchell
  • 14Lines
  • 19Roberts
  • 26Ballinger
  • 31Johnston
  • 45Marshall


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Smithies
  • 16Nelson
  • 4Morrison
  • 22BambaSubstituted forSangat 67'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 3BennettSubstituted forCunninghamat 67'minutes
  • 7BacunaBooked at 28mins
  • 21Pack
  • 2Osei-Tutu
  • 11Murphy
  • 33HoilettBooked at 40mins
  • 9Glatzel


  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Flint
  • 18Cunningham
  • 28Sang
  • 32Bagan
  • 34Kouakou D'Almeida
  • 35Evans
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Post update

    Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Harriman (Northampton Town).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tom Sang (Cardiff City).

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    Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

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    Foul by Jordi Osei-Tutu (Cardiff City).

  9. Post update

    Mark Marshall (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Jordi Osei-Tutu (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mark Marshall (Northampton Town).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Mark Marshall replaces Ricky Korboa.

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    Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marlon Pack.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Lines replaces Harry Smith.

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    Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Missilou (Northampton Town).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Smith (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricky Korboa with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jordi Osei-Tutu.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marlon Pack following a set piece situation.

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    Jordi Osei-Tutu (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.